Sustainable IT

Enterprise IT’s transformation into Sustainable IT

Despite widespread recognition of the significant impact IT makes on the environment, enterprise IT has yet to step up and turn the tide. Sustainable IT is the solution.

From user devices to data centers and networks, the technology powering business today has a significantly high carbon footprint. Further, its energy consumption is expected to increase three-fold from 2010 to 2025. However, with a clear global imperative to halt climate change across all areas of business and society, IT leaders must both reduce their carbon footprint and become an enabler of positive climate action initiatives across the organization.

At Capgemini Invent, we call this a transformation into Sustainable IT. It is much more than a technology and operations domain; it goes beyond structurally transforming IT in terms of consumption habits and ways of working, to embrace the whole culture of Sustainable IT and getting employees to champion this transformation.

Our approach is built on the four pillars of:

4 Pillars

Sustainability is at the core of our purpose. As an organization, we have set our own ambitious target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2030. Further, we are already working with our clients to help them reduce their own carbon emissions and we aim to help them save 10 million tons of carbon by 2030. Our Sustainable IT services are at the core of our portfolio of offers in this ambition to support clients and shape a sustainable future.

“Capgemini Invent’s knowledgeable experts wasted no time in understanding the context of our Sustainable IT ambition, rapidly providing us with relevant, concrete, and realistic solutions that both aligned with our broader corporate strategy and offered us several quick wins. There was a real sense of purpose and co-operation between us, with Capgemini Invent sharing best practices in Sustainable IT and guiding us through potential pitfalls to ensure we created sustainable business value. “

Peggy Bacati,

Sustainable IT leader, Crédit Agricole Assurances

What benefits does Sustainable IT deliver?

Beyond the obvious and crucial reduction in IT’s impact on the environment, Sustainable IT brings several important business benefits. Final decisions on forging ahead with projects and business opportunities are increasingly being made in favor of vendors with a track record of sustainability engagements in their own businesses, giving them a concrete competitive edge and driving revenue.

With 31 percent of consumers expecting companies to act in accordance with social and environmental issues, Sustainable IT can also strengthen brand image. And it can be a lever for attracting talent and building the loyalty and motivation of employees wishing to find meaning in their work and have a positive impact on our world.

IT leaders have an opportunity to propose innovative solutions that reduce environmental impact to both the business and their customers. An environment-focused approach based on IT policy frugality (e.g., rationalization, sharing and reducing volume density) drives operational efficiency, while reducing the environmental impact.

Finally, the cost implications of Sustainable IT make a solid business case. Savings on energy bills alone of 20-40 percent can be achieved via eco designed products, less energy intensive services, and a responsible IT policy.

Sustainable IT Use Cases

Utilities — targeting net zero

  • Strategic: Align with strategic ambitions, increase service quality, reduce risk of non-compliance, and enable the journey to ‘beyond net zero’ with a cleaner, smarter wastewater network.
  • Financial: Reduction in energy consumption, reduction in reactive failures, extension of asset life and reduced CAPEX, and reduced chemical spend.
  • Operational: Increase operator productivity, optimize site performance, make better on-site decisions, and drive more effective asset management.

Financial Services — a vision and roadmap

  • Strategic: Define ambitions following a qualitative assessment and build a five-year roadmap.
  • Employees: Raise employee awareness and create a catalog of solutions.
  • IT: Projects to streamline infrastructure and applications, implement an eco-design approach — enabling the organization to become a key reference player in eco-responsible IT in the banking sector.

Energy — An assessment

  • Strategic: Embed sustainability in the approach to managing the spare parts lifecycle to bring down carbon emissions and limit overproduction of industrial plants.
  • Emissions: Identify emissions from the digital IT platform with a life cycle analysis and transactions (100 per year) for which emissions can be avoided.

Our Experts

Benjamin Alleau

Expert in Business Technology

Laurence Jumeaux

Expert in Strategy and Transformation